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** Also inverted in that Meggie's daughter Justine (who ''is'' Luke's child) takes an instant dislike to Ralph and rebuffs every effort he makes to get along with her.
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* Averted in ''Fanfic/EdenObsessmuch'', Ron helps [[spoiler:Hermione]] raise her son, who believes is his father. Ron doesn't seem remotely bothered that the boy resembles his real father, [[spoiler:Lucius Malfoy]]. He loves her that much.
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* ''Series/AllMyChildren'': Brooke's reaction upon meeting her ex-husband Adam's son with his new wife Dixie. Especially since she and Adam had struggled to conceive and the resulting strain contributed to his affair with Dixie.
** A bit of LaserGuidedKarma years later when Brooke took up with Dixie's ex Tad and got pregnant by him. When Tad was supposedly killed in an explosion, Dixie was forced to accept that ''she'' wouldn't have SomeoneToRememberHimBy--Brooke would.

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* ** ''Series/AllMyChildren'': Brooke's reaction upon meeting her ex-husband Adam's son with his new wife Dixie. Especially since she and Adam had struggled to conceive and the resulting strain contributed to his affair with Dixie.
** *** A bit of LaserGuidedKarma years later when Brooke took up with Dixie's ex Tad and got pregnant by him. When Tad was supposedly killed in an explosion, Dixie was forced to accept that ''she'' wouldn't have SomeoneToRememberHimBy--Brooke would.would.
** ''Series/GeneralHospital'':
*** Scott's wife Laura ditched him for Luke and they ran off together. Years later when the couple returned to town, Scott's first reaction upon seeing them, as well as their son Lucky, was to punch Luke out, clearly still angry despite all the time that had passed as well as several relationships and marriages for him. To this day, nearly all of Scott's subsequent scenes with Luke and Laura's children have had an undercurrent of sadness and resentment that they aren't ''his'' children with her.
*** Carly, Courtney, and Sam are all jealous and resentful of the fact that Liz had Jason's child, even though Sam herself did too, as the child is clearly a reminder that Jason loved Liz as much (or possible even more) as them.
*** Speaking of Jason, this was averted with him himself--he is the result of his father Alan's extramarital affair with his mother. However, when his mother was murdered, his father's wife not only accepted that it was necessary that they take the child him, she grew to love him as if he were her own, even eventually adopting him.
*** Played straight with Jason's brother AJ, who for years was believed to be the result of his ''mother's'' extramarital affair. As such, her husband Alan resented the child and shunned him. By the time it was discovered that AJ was Alan's child after all, crucial bonding time had been lost and the two were never able to repair their damaged relationship.
** ''Series/TheYoungAndTheRestless'': Jack Abbott's ex Diane frequently used their son Kyle to drive a wedge between him and wife Phyllis. It didn't help that their marriage was already strained by Phyllis' infertility.



* ''Series/GeneralHospital'':
** Scott's wife Laura ditched him for Luke and they ran off together. Years later when the couple returned to town, Scott's first reaction upon seeing them, as well as their son Lucky, was to punch Luke out, clearly still angry despite all the time that had passed as well as several relationships and marriages for him. To this day, nearly all of Scott's subsequent scenes with Luke and Laura's children have had an undercurrent of sadness and resentment that they aren't ''his'' children with her.
** Carly, Courtney, and Sam are all jealous and resentful of the fact that Liz had Jason's child, even though Sam herself did too, as the child is clearly a reminder that Jason loved Liz as much (or possible even more) as them.
** Speaking of Jason, this was averted with him himself--he is the result of his father Alan's extramarital affair with his mother. However, when his mother was murdered, his father's wife not only accepted that it was necessary that they take the child him, she grew to love him as if he were her own, even eventually adopting him.
** Played straight with Jason's brother AJ, who for years was believed to be the result of his ''mother's'' extramarital affair. As such, her husband Alan resented the child and shunned him. By the time it was discovered that AJ was Alan's child after all, crucial bonding time had been lost and the two were never able to repair their damaged relationship.



* ''Series/TheYoungAndTheRestless'': Jack Abbott's ex Diane frequently used their son Kyle to drive a wedge between him and wife Phyllis. It didn't help that their marriage was already strained by Phyllis' infertility.
25th Feb '17 6:14:43 AM sorako
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* Severus Snape in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' treated Harry the [[SadistTeacher way he did]] partly because of this. His dad had a mutually antagonistic relationship with Snape. Further, in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' we learn [[spoiler:Snape was Harry's mother's UnluckyChildhoodFriend when they were in school.]]



* Severus Snape in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' treated Harry the [[SadistTeacher way he did]] partly because of this. His dad had a mutually antagonistic relationship with Snape. Further, in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' we learn [[spoiler:Snape was Harry's mother's UnluckyChildhoodFriend when they were in school.]]
25th Feb '17 6:12:18 AM sorako
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* ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' When Rayek meets his former lovemate's children.
* ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'' Once Usagi returns to his hometown, he freezes for a moment when facing the son of his ChildhoodFriendRomance and childhood rival. [[spoiler: As he finds out in a different story arc, Usagi is actually the father and complies when he's asked to [[YouCantGoHomeAgain leave as not to wreck their family]].]]

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* ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'': When Rayek meets his former lovemate's children.
* ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'' ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'': Once Usagi returns to his hometown, he freezes for a moment when facing the son of his ChildhoodFriendRomance and childhood rival. [[spoiler: As he finds out in a different story arc, Usagi is actually the father and complies when he's asked to [[YouCantGoHomeAgain leave as not to wreck their family]].]]



* A variation on ''Series/{{ER}}''. Elizabeth Corday tries to invoke this when she meets Susan Lewis, an old friend of her husband Mark, when the latter invites her to have coffee, declining with, "I don't drink coffee, I'm breastfeeding." Unfortunately, all it does is make her look incredibly rude, as A)Susan already knew about the kid, so there's no shock factor, and B) Susan had no romantic interest in Mark and was trying to befriend Elizabeth to assure her of this.

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* A variation on ''Series/{{ER}}''. ''Series/{{ER}}'': Elizabeth Corday tries to invoke this when she meets Susan Lewis, an old friend of her husband Mark, when the latter invites her to have coffee, declining with, "I don't drink coffee, I'm breastfeeding." Unfortunately, all it does is make her look incredibly rude, as A)Susan already knew about the kid, so there's no shock factor, and B) Susan had no romantic interest in Mark and was trying to befriend Elizabeth to assure her of this.



* ''Series/{{Sisters}}''. When the titular characters learn that they have ''another'' sister, the child of their father and his longtime mistress, they gently break the news to their mother, who admits that she already knew and claims to have long since accepted it. Until the woman shows up at Thanksgiving dinner and the mother flips out. She gets over it and later becomes a surrogate mother to her.

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* ''Series/{{Sisters}}''. ''Series/{{Sisters}}'': When the titular characters learn that they have ''another'' sister, the child of their father and his longtime mistress, they gently break the news to their mother, who admits that she already knew and claims to have long since accepted it. Until the woman shows up at Thanksgiving dinner and the mother flips out. She gets over it and later becomes a surrogate mother to her.
25th Feb '17 6:05:53 AM sorako
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* ''LightNovel/FateZero'' has Kariya Matou, in a sense. He is the UnluckyChildhoodFriend to Aoi Tohsaka that [[DoggedNiceGuy keeps hanging around]] even though she has two daughters with Tokiomi. Even so, he also cares about Rin and Sakura. In fact, when he discovers [[TrainingFromHell what Zouken is doing to Sakura]], he agrees to enter the Holy Grail war on the behalf of the family he'd severed ties with ten years earlier just so he can earn Sakura's freedom. Unfortunately, [[ForegoneConclusion he]] [[DoomedByCanon fails]] and ultimately [[spoiler: the war ends badly for him, Tokiomi, ''and'' Aoi]].

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* ''LightNovel/FateZero'' has Kariya Matou, in a sense. He is the UnluckyChildhoodFriend to Aoi Tohsaka that [[DoggedNiceGuy keeps hanging around]] even though she has two daughters with Tokiomi. Even so, he also cares about Rin and Sakura. In fact, when he discovers [[TrainingFromHell what Zouken is doing to Sakura]], he agrees to enter the Holy Grail war on the behalf of the family he'd severed ties with ten years earlier just so he can earn Sakura's freedom. Unfortunately, [[ForegoneConclusion he]] [[DoomedByCanon fails]] and ultimately [[spoiler: the war ends badly for him, Tokiomi, ''and'' Aoi]].Aoi.
25th Feb '17 5:53:54 AM sorako
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* ''LightNovel/FateZero'' has Kariya Matou, in a sense. He is the UnluckyChildhoodFriend to Aoi Tohsaka that [[DoggedNiceGuy keeps hanging around]] even though she has two daughters with Tokiomi. Even so, he also cares about Rin and Sakura. In fact, when he discovers [[TrainingFromHell what Zouken is doing to Sakura]], he agrees to enter the Holy Grail war on the behalf of the family he'd severed ties with ten years earlier just so he can earn Sakura's freedom. Unfortunately, [[ForegoneConclusion he]] [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight fails]] and ultimately [[spoiler: the war ends badly for him, Tokiomi, ''and'' Aoi]].
* In ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' Mikoto Tachibana probably had this reaction upon meeting Nagi, who greatly resembles her mother, who Mikoto had an unrequited crush on. Though both Nagi's mother and Nagi herself seem to be not interested in the affection shown because they aren't interested in women, and the arranged marriage was said to be set up by the grandfathers, Mikoto probably had no issue with her son being set up with the daughter.
** Since it's also been implied that Hayate resembles Nagi's mother (and her father), this could also take place if Mikoto were to meet him at some date in the future.

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* ''LightNovel/FateZero'' has Kariya Matou, in a sense. He is the UnluckyChildhoodFriend to Aoi Tohsaka that [[DoggedNiceGuy keeps hanging around]] even though she has two daughters with Tokiomi. Even so, he also cares about Rin and Sakura. In fact, when he discovers [[TrainingFromHell what Zouken is doing to Sakura]], he agrees to enter the Holy Grail war on the behalf of the family he'd severed ties with ten years earlier just so he can earn Sakura's freedom. Unfortunately, [[ForegoneConclusion he]] [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight [[DoomedByCanon fails]] and ultimately [[spoiler: the war ends badly for him, Tokiomi, ''and'' Aoi]].
* In ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', Mikoto Tachibana probably had this reaction upon meeting Nagi, who greatly resembles her mother, who Mikoto had an unrequited crush on. Though both Nagi's mother and Nagi herself seem to be not interested in the affection shown because they aren't interested in women, and the arranged marriage was said to be set up by the grandfathers, Mikoto probably had no issue with her son being set up with the daughter.
** Since it's also been implied that Hayate resembles Nagi's mother (and her father), this could also take place if Mikoto were to meet him at some date in the future.
daughter.



* Severus Snape in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' treated Harry the [[SadistTeacher way he did]] because of this. His dad had a mutually antagonistic relationship with Snape. Further, in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' we learn [[spoiler:Snape was Harry's mother's UnluckyChildhoodFriend when they were in school.]]
** Snape was a SadistTeacher anyway (just ask Neville), with a favoritism toward Slytherin students (especially Draco), but there is no doubt that he treated Harry even worse than the norm. According to the internet, he treated Neville the way he did [[spoiler:because if Voldemort had attacked Neville's parents instead, Lily would have lived]], but there's nothing in the series that suggests this is the case. [[KickTheDog It still doesn't justify the way he treated Neville or Harry.]]

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* Severus Snape in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' treated Harry the [[SadistTeacher way he did]] partly because of this. His dad had a mutually antagonistic relationship with Snape. Further, in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' we learn [[spoiler:Snape was Harry's mother's UnluckyChildhoodFriend when they were in school.]]
** Snape was a SadistTeacher anyway (just ask Neville), with a favoritism toward Slytherin students (especially Draco), but there is no doubt that he treated Harry even worse than the norm. According to the internet, he treated Neville the way he did [[spoiler:because if Voldemort had attacked Neville's parents instead, Lily would have lived]], but there's nothing in the series that suggests this is the case. [[KickTheDog It still doesn't justify the way he treated Neville or Harry.
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* Kirei Kotomine and his relationship with Kiritsugu Emiya and his adopted son Shirou in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' are non-romantic ([[FoeYay more or less]]) variant. He certainly isn't unbalanced by the appearance of Shirou, nor does he particularly care about Kiritsugu's biological child [[spoiler:Illyasviel von Einzbern]]. On the contrary, he's quite happy to realize that [[spoiler:unlike Kiritsugu, who was his {{Foil}} in every respect, Shirou is an empty person [[NotSoDifferent like himself]]]].
25th Feb '17 5:44:52 AM sorako
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* ''LightNovel/FateZero'' has Kariya Matou, in a sense. He is the UnluckyChildhoodFriend to Aoi Tohsaka that [[DoggedNiceGuy keeps hanging around]] even though she has two daughters with Tokiomi. Even so, he also cares about Rin and Sakura. In fact, when he discovers [[TrainingFromHell what Zouken is doing to Sakura]], he agrees to enter the Holy Grail war on the behalf of the family he'd severed ties with ten years earlier just so he can earn Sakura's freedom. Unfortunately, [[ForegoneConclusion he]] [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight fails]] and ultimately [[spoiler: the war ends badly for him, Tokiomi, ''and'' Aoi]].



* Interesting aversion in ''Manga/MedakaBox'': [[spoiler: Fukuro Tsurubami [[BrotherSisterIncest had the hots for his sister Hato]] but couldn't keep up with her and was put off by her cold attitude, so he set her up with his best friend Kajiki Kurokami, hoping that [[LamarckWasRight Lamarck Would Be Right]], producing a daughter with Hato's looks and Kajiki's AllLovingHero personality -- [[WifeHusbandry so he could marry HER instead]]. While Medaka does indeed fit that description, Fukuro never gets the chance to act on his fantasies.]]



* ''LightNovel/FateZero'' has Kariya Matou, in a sense. He is the UnluckyChildhoodFriend to Aoi Tohsaka that [[DoggedNiceGuy keeps hanging around]] even though she has two daughters with Tokiomi. Even so, he also cares about Rin and Sakura. In fact, when he discovers [[TrainingFromHell what Zouken is doing to Sakura]], he agrees to enter the Holy Grail war on the behalf of the family he'd severed ties with ten years earlier just so he can earn Sakura's freedom. Unfortunately, [[ForegoneConclusion he]] [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight fails]] and ultimately [[spoiler: the war ends badly for him, Tokiomi, ''and'' Aoi]].
** Kirei Kotomine and his relationship with Kiritsugu Emiya and his adopted son [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Shirou]] are non-romantic ([[FoeYay more or less]]) variant. He certainly isn't unbalanced by the appearance of Shirou, nor does he particularly care about Kiritsugu's biological child [[spoiler:Illyasviel von Einzbern]]. On the contrary, he's quite happy to realize that [[spoiler:unlike Kiritsugu, who was his {{Foil}} in every respect, Shirou is an empty person [[NotSoDifferent like himself]]]].
* Interesting aversion in ''Manga/MedakaBox'': [[spoiler: Fukuro Tsurubami [[BrotherSisterIncest had the hots for his sister Hato]] but couldn't keep up with her and was put off by her cold attitude, so he set her up with his best friend Kajiki Kurokami, hoping that [[LamarckWasRight Lamarck Would Be Right]], producing a daughter with Hato's looks and Kajiki's AllLovingHero personality -- [[WifeHusbandry so he could marry HER instead]]. While Medaka does indeed fit that description, Fukuro never gets the chance to act on his fantasies.]]
* While she does a good job of hiding it, [[VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry Kyrie Ushiromiya]] admits that she has some issues with her stepson, Battler, particularly since he (the son of her hated love rival) lived while her own son was stillborn. [[spoiler:[=EP8=] has her have a breakdown when Rudolf reveals that Battler was YourSonAllAlong.]]



* ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'': Edmond determines to use Mondego's son as a tool of revenge. How this turns out varies among adaptations.



* Similarly in ''Literature/GoneWithTheWind'', Scarlett flips out upon learning of Melanie's pregnancy. Later, after the baby is born, she has a brief moment where she wishes that the child were ''hers'' and Ashley's.
* Briefly, in ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'', where Daisy's child serves as a symbol to Gatsby of the reality of her marriage to Tom.
* In the ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'' stories, Corky, one of Bertie's friends, is a StarvingArtist who needs to stay in his rich uncle's good graces but wants to marry a girl he disapproves of. Jeeves solves this by ghostwriting a book about birds, the uncle's field of expertise, which Bertie publishes under the girl's name. It [[GoneHorriblyRight goes horribly right]], and the ''uncle'' ends up marrying her. Corky is later forced to paint a portrait of their baby, and his resentment of the whole situation seeps through to such an extent that when his uncle sees the finished product he decides to stop supporting Corky on the spot and tells him to get a real job. Jeeves saves the day again by suggesting that the horrifying baby in the picture would make a good comic-strip character and Corky could probably sell it to a newspaper.



* ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'': Edmond determines to use Mondego's son as a tool of revenge. How this turns out varies among adaptations.
* Briefly, in ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'', where Daisy's child serves as a symbol to Gatsby of the reality of her marriage to Tom.
* Similarly in ''Literature/GoneWithTheWind'', Scarlett flips out upon learning of Melanie's pregnancy. Later, after the baby is born, she has a brief moment where she wishes that the child were ''hers'' and Ashley's.
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'': [[DoggedNiceGuy Ashfur]] was in love with Squirrelflight, who ended up dumping him in favor of Brambleclaw. [[VillainousBreakdown Ashfur had some problems accepting this.]] He even arranged to have Squirrelflight's father killed so she'd feel the same pain he did. The attempt failed though, and Ashfur was never suspected for the attempted murder for a while. He eventually received an apprentice, though, who managed to flare up his issues all over again by being [[spoiler:(supposedly)]] Squirrelflight and Brambleclaw's son, a living reminder of the mate he couldn't have and the future he was denied. They don't get along. While they are never outwardly rude to each other, Ashfur mostly gives Lionpaw the cold shoulder and doesn't try to bond with his apprentice the way all the other mentors do. When Lionpaw demands more intense training, Ashfur takes this request very specifically... by unsheathing his claws and fighting Lionpaw as if it were a real battle. Ashfur is eager to finish Lionpaw's apprentice training quickly so that they won't have to see each other eye-to-eye anymore.
* The source of [[Literature/WutheringHeights Heathcliff]]'s dislike for Catherine (II) is that she's the living proof that Catherine married someone else. Being his beloved Cathy's daughter doesn't spare her from his wrath, since she is most of all ''Edgar's'' daughter and takes strongly after him. Also, [[MaternalDeathBlameTheChild Cathy died by giving birth to said daughter]].



* In the ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'' stories, Corky, one of Bertie's friends, is a StarvingArtist who needs to stay in his rich uncle's good graces but wants to marry a girl he disapproves of. Jeeves solves this by ghostwriting a book about birds, the uncle's field of expertise, which Bertie publishes under the girl's name. It [[GoneHorriblyRight goes horribly right]], and the ''uncle'' ends up marrying her. Corky is later forced to paint a portrait of their baby, and his resentment of the whole situation seeps through to such an extent that when his uncle sees the finished product he decides to stop supporting Corky on the spot and tells him to get a real job. Jeeves saves the day again by suggesting that the horrifying baby in the picture would make a good comic-strip character and Corky could probably sell it to a newspaper.
* Monica Furlong's ''Wise Child'' invokes and averts a rare gender-flipped example. The town witch Juniper takes a mysterious liking to and volunteers to take in the titular Wise Child after her grandmother dies and she's left with a literal case of ParentalAbandonment. Wise Child later discovers that Juniper and her father had been in love, but her VainSorceress mother [[MoreThanMindControl "persuaded"]] him that he loved her instead. Both mother and daughter think that Juniper took Wise Child in and works her to the bone due to this trope. Juniper later assures Wise Child that she bears her no ill-will (though she is understandably frosty about Maeve), that she loves her like a daughter and that she works her hard only because she believes MiseryBuildsCharacter.



* ''Literature/WarriorCats'': [[DoggedNiceGuy Ashfur]] was in love with Squirrelflight, who ended up dumping him in favor of Brambleclaw. [[VillainousBreakdown Ashfur had some problems accepting this.]] He even arranged to have Squirrelflight's father killed so she'd feel the same pain he did. The attempt failed though, and Ashfur was never suspected for the attempted murder for a while. He eventually received an apprentice, though, who managed to flare up his issues all over again by being [[spoiler:(supposedly)]] Squirrelflight and Brambleclaw's son, a living reminder of the mate he couldn't have and the future he was denied. They don't get along. While they are never outwardly rude to each other, Ashfur mostly gives Lionpaw the cold shoulder and doesn't try to bond with his apprentice the way all the other mentors do. When Lionpaw demands more intense training, Ashfur takes this request very specifically... by unsheathing his claws and fighting Lionpaw as if it were a real battle. Ashfur is eager to finish Lionpaw's apprentice training quickly so that they won't have to see each other eye-to-eye anymore.
* Monica Furlong's ''Wise Child'' invokes and averts a rare gender-flipped example. The town witch Juniper takes a mysterious liking to and volunteers to take in the titular Wise Child after her grandmother dies and she's left with a literal case of ParentalAbandonment. Wise Child later discovers that Juniper and her father had been in love, but her VainSorceress mother [[MoreThanMindControl "persuaded"]] him that he loved her instead. Both mother and daughter think that Juniper took Wise Child in and works her to the bone due to this trope. Juniper later assures Wise Child that she bears her no ill-will (though she is understandably frosty about Maeve), that she loves her like a daughter and that she works her hard only because she believes MiseryBuildsCharacter.
* The source of Heathcliff's dislike for Catherine (II) in ''Literature/WutheringHeights'' is that she's the living proof that Catherine married someone else. Being his beloved Cathy's daughter doesn't spare her from his wrath, since she is most of all ''Edgar's'' daughter and takes strongly after him. Also, [[MaternalDeathBlameTheChild Cathy died by giving birth to said daughter]].



** ''Series/AllMyChildren'': Brooke's reaction upon meeting her ex-husband Adam's son with his new wife Dixie. Especially since she and Adam had struggled to conceive and the resulting strain contributed to his affair with Dixie.
*** A bit of LaserGuidedKarma years later when Brooke took up with Dixie's ex Tad and got pregnant by him. When Tad was supposedly killed in an explosion, Dixie was forced to accept that ''she'' wouldn't have SomeoneToRememberHimBy--Brooke would.
** ''Series/GeneralHospital'': Scott's wife Laura ditched him for Luke and they ran off together. Years later when the couple returned to town, Scott's first reaction upon seeing them, as well as their son Lucky, was to punch Luke out, clearly still angry despite all the time that had passed as well as several relationships and marriages for him. To this day, nearly all of Scott's subsequent scenes with Luke and Laura's children have had an undercurrent of sadness and resentment that they aren't ''his'' children with her.
*** Carly, Courtney, and Sam are all jealous and resentful of the fact that Liz had Jason's child, even though Sam herself did too, as the child is clearly a reminder that Jason loved Liz as much (or possible even more) as them.
*** Speaking of Jason, this was averted with him himself--he is the result of his father Alan's extramarital affair with his mother. However, when his mother was murdered, his father's wife not only accepted that it was necessary that they take the child him, she grew to love him as if he were her own, even eventually adopting him.
*** Played straight with Jason's brother AJ, who for years was believed to be the result of his ''mother's'' extramarital affair. As such, her husband Alan resented the child and shunned him. By the time it was discovered that AJ was Alan's child after all, crucial bonding time had been lost and the two were never able to repair their damaged relationship.
** ''Series/TheYoungAndTheRestless'': Jack Abbott's ex Diane frequently used their son Kyle to drive a wedge between him and wife Phyllis. It didn't help that their marriage was already strained by Phyllis' infertility.

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** * ''Series/AllMyChildren'': Brooke's reaction upon meeting her ex-husband Adam's son with his new wife Dixie. Especially since she and Adam had struggled to conceive and the resulting strain contributed to his affair with Dixie.
*** ** A bit of LaserGuidedKarma years later when Brooke took up with Dixie's ex Tad and got pregnant by him. When Tad was supposedly killed in an explosion, Dixie was forced to accept that ''she'' wouldn't have SomeoneToRememberHimBy--Brooke would.
** ''Series/GeneralHospital'': Scott's wife Laura ditched him for Luke and they ran off together. Years later when the couple returned to town, Scott's * Played with in ''Series/BigLove''. While first reaction upon seeing them, as well as their son Lucky, was wife Barb appears to punch Luke out, clearly still angry despite all the time that had passed as well as several relationships and marriages for him. To this day, nearly all of Scott's subsequent scenes have no problem with Luke and Laura's the children have had an undercurrent of sadness and resentment that they aren't ''his'' children husband Bill has with her.
*** Carly, Courtney, and Sam are all
his other wives, second wife Nikki is clearly jealous and resentful of the fact when she learns that Liz had Jason's child, third wife Margene is pregnant again, even though Sam herself did too, as the child is clearly a reminder that Jason loved Liz as much (or possible she doesn't even more) as them.
*** Speaking of Jason,
want anymore children. Probably because she fears this was averted with him himself--he is the result of his father Alan's extramarital affair with his mother. However, when his mother was murdered, his father's wife not only accepted that it was necessary that they take the child him, she grew to love him as if he were will further cement her own, even eventually adopting him.
*** Played straight with Jason's brother AJ, who for years was believed to be the result of his ''mother's'' extramarital affair. As such, her husband Alan resented the child and shunned him. By the time it was discovered that AJ was Alan's child after all, crucial bonding time had been lost and the two were never able to repair their damaged relationship.
** ''Series/TheYoungAndTheRestless'': Jack Abbott's ex Diane frequently used their son Kyle to drive a wedge between him and wife Phyllis. It didn't help that their marriage was already strained by Phyllis' infertility.
position as TheUnfavorite.



* ''Series/GeneralHospital'':
** Scott's wife Laura ditched him for Luke and they ran off together. Years later when the couple returned to town, Scott's first reaction upon seeing them, as well as their son Lucky, was to punch Luke out, clearly still angry despite all the time that had passed as well as several relationships and marriages for him. To this day, nearly all of Scott's subsequent scenes with Luke and Laura's children have had an undercurrent of sadness and resentment that they aren't ''his'' children with her.
** Carly, Courtney, and Sam are all jealous and resentful of the fact that Liz had Jason's child, even though Sam herself did too, as the child is clearly a reminder that Jason loved Liz as much (or possible even more) as them.
** Speaking of Jason, this was averted with him himself--he is the result of his father Alan's extramarital affair with his mother. However, when his mother was murdered, his father's wife not only accepted that it was necessary that they take the child him, she grew to love him as if he were her own, even eventually adopting him.
** Played straight with Jason's brother AJ, who for years was believed to be the result of his ''mother's'' extramarital affair. As such, her husband Alan resented the child and shunned him. By the time it was discovered that AJ was Alan's child after all, crucial bonding time had been lost and the two were never able to repair their damaged relationship.
* In the miniseries ''Queen'' (the story of Alex Haley's paternal grandmother), the titular character is the result of her white father's (consensual) relationship with one of his female slaves. His wife resents the girl all of her life and when she finally leaves when freed after the Civil War, bitterly tells her husband, "I'm glad she's gone. Because everytime I looked at her, I had to remember that you loved another woman more than me."



* Played with in ''Series/BigLove''. While first wife Barb appears to have no problem with the children husband Bill has with his other wives, second wife Nikki is clearly jealous when she learns that third wife Margene is pregnant again, even though she doesn't even want anymore children. Probably because she fears this will further cement her position as TheUnfavorite.
* In the miniseries ''Queen'' (the story of Alex Haley's paternal grandmother), the titular character is the result of her white father's (consensual) relationship with one of his female slaves. His wife resents the girl all of her life and when she finally leaves when freed after the Civil War, bitterly tells her husband, "I'm glad she's gone. Because everytime I looked at her, I had to remember that you loved another woman more than me."

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* Played with in ''Series/BigLove''. While first ''Series/TheYoungAndTheRestless'': Jack Abbott's ex Diane frequently used their son Kyle to drive a wedge between him and wife Barb appears to have no problem with the children husband Bill has with his other wives, second wife Nikki is clearly jealous when she learns Phyllis. It didn't help that third wife Margene is pregnant again, even though she doesn't even want anymore children. Probably because she fears this will further cement her position as TheUnfavorite.
* In the miniseries ''Queen'' (the story of Alex Haley's paternal grandmother), the titular character is the result of her white father's (consensual) relationship with one of his female slaves. His wife resents the girl all of her life and when she finally leaves when freed after the Civil War, bitterly tells her husband, "I'm glad she's gone. Because everytime I looked at her, I had to remember that you loved another woman more than me."
their marriage was already strained by Phyllis' infertility.



* A chapter in the tutorial stages of ''[[Videogame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword]]'' has Lyn and company seeking the aid of the Marquess of Araphen, a suitor of Lyn's mother before she eloped with a Sacaean nomad, which sparked in him a [[FantasticRacism hatred of Saceans in general]]. At first the Marquess is willing to help, but after he meets Lyn in person, he withdraws his offer, saying that she is "tained by the blood of Sacae". This costs him both his servant Rath (a Sacaean who rides off in disgust; he could stand it aimed at himself, but this goes too far) and a good portion of his fortune (Rath takes it with him as severance pay).



* Averted in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates''. Fuga was never able to confess his feelings to the woman he loved, and she ended up marrying another man. When she and her husband were killed by Faceless, what did Fuga do? [[spoiler:He took in their orphaned son, Hayato, and raised him as his own.]]

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** A chapter in the tutorial stages of ''[[Videogame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword]]'' has Lyn and company seeking the aid of the Marquess of Araphen, a suitor of Lyn's mother before she eloped with a Sacaean nomad, which sparked in him a [[FantasticRacism hatred of Saceans in general]]. At first the Marquess is willing to help, but after he meets Lyn in person, he withdraws his offer, saying that she is "tained by the blood of Sacae". This costs him both his servant Rath (a Sacaean who rides off in disgust; he could stand it aimed at himself, but this goes too far) and a good portion of his fortune (Rath takes it with him as severance pay).
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Averted in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates''. Fuga was never able to confess his feelings to the woman he loved, and she ended up marrying another man. When she and her husband were killed by Faceless, what did Fuga do? [[spoiler:He took in their orphaned son, Hayato, and raised him as his own.]]



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* While she does a good job of hiding it, Kyrie Ushiromiya from ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' admits that she has some issues with her stepson, Battler, particularly since he (the son of her hated love rival) lived while her own son was stillborn. [[spoiler:[=EP8=] has her have a breakdown when Rudolf reveals that Battler was YourSonAllAlong.]]
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* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' has Sir James Eglamore and Antimony Carver--the daughter of his old flame Surma and the rival and friend Anthony Carver. He falls out of his armor time and again. [[WordOfGod Word of Tom]] [[http://www.formspring.me/gunnerkrigg/q/278826805 says]] that the strong resemblance ''is'' one of the factors--in case the WrongNameOutburst wasn't telltale enough. It seems that he got better with the help (sometimes unfriendly) of Annie and his own colleagues. Renard--who "fell desperately in love with Surma" as well--was shaken too, but in a different way; eventually he settled on being an unofficial ParentalSubstitute.



* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' has Sir James Eglamore and Antimony Carver--the daughter of his old flame Surma and the rival and friend Anthony Carver. He falls out of his armor time and again. [[WordOfGod Word of Tom]] [[http://www.formspring.me/gunnerkrigg/q/278826805 says]] that the strong resemblance ''is'' one of the factors--in case the WrongNameOutburst wasn't telltale enough. It seems that he got better with the help (sometimes unfriendly) of Annie and his own colleagues. Renard--who "fell desperately in love with Surma" as well--was shaken too, but in a different way; eventually he settled on being an unofficial ParentalSubstitute.



* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' [[PlayedWith Plays With]] this trope: [[NobleBigot Pakku]] becomes quite emotional when he realizes that [[ToBeAMaster Katara]]'s grandmother was his RunawayBride, but ultimately this makes him warm up to Katara and agree to teach her [[MakingASplash Waterbending]]. Also, [[spoiler:he and the grandmother [[DecemberDecemberRomance finally get married]]]]. Also not a normal example, since Pakku presumably never knew the "rival" (Katara and Sokka's grandfather, who was apparently from the Southern Tribe).



* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily'' had this where the failed rival in question was one of the protagonist's teachers (the resulting couple being her grandparents).
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' [[PlayedWith Plays With]] this trope: [[NobleBigot Pakku]] becomes quite emotional when he realizes that [[ToBeAMaster Katara]]'s grandmother was his RunawayBride, but ultimately this makes him warm up to Katara and agree to teach her [[MakingASplash Waterbending]]. Also, [[spoiler:he and the grandmother [[DecemberDecemberRomance finally get married]]]]. Also not a normal example, since Pakku presumably never knew the "rival" (Katara and Sokka's grandfather, who was apparently from the Southern Tribe).


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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily'' had this where the failed rival in question was one of the protagonist's teachers (the resulting couple being her grandparents).
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One generation back there was a LoveTriangle. Now the [[RomanticRunnerUp losing party]] meets[[labelnote:*]]"Meets" is an important component, since usually it's a sudden development for which the character is not prepared.[[/labelnote]] -- and has to interact with -- the child of the other two. This causes [[{{Conflict}} emotional chaos]]. The character loses the ability to act calmly (or even adequately) whenever a situation arises related to the kid. The effect is greater when the loser is an otherwise calm, MagnificentBastard or [[IdealHero flawless hero]] proven NotSoStoic and NotSoAboveItAll.

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->''"[W]hen we were both young, I was fond of your father and he of me. Under other circumstances, you might have been our son."''
-->--'''Trishien''', ''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath''

One generation back there was a LoveTriangle. Now the [[RomanticRunnerUp losing party]] meets[[labelnote:*]]"Meets" meets[[note]]"Meets" is an important component, since usually it's a sudden development for which the character is not prepared.[[/labelnote]] [[/note]] -- and has to interact with -- the child of the other two. This causes [[{{Conflict}} emotional chaos]]. The character loses the ability to act calmly (or even adequately) whenever a situation arises related to the kid. The effect is greater when the loser is an otherwise calm, MagnificentBastard or [[IdealHero flawless hero]] proven NotSoStoic and NotSoAboveItAll.









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* ''Literature/WarriorCats'': [[DoggedNiceGuy Ashfur]] was in love with Squirrelflight, who ended up dumping him in favor of Brambleclaw. [[VillainousBreakdown Ashfur had some problems accepting this.]] He even arranged to have Squirrelflight's father killed so she'd feel the same pain he did. The attempt failed though, and Ashfur was never suspected for the attempted murder for a while. He eventually received an apprentice, though, who managed to flare up his issues all over again by being [[spoiler:(supposedly)]] Squirrelflight and Brambleclaw's son, a living reminder of the mate he couldn't have and the future he was denied. They don't get along. While they are never outwardly rude to each other, Ashfur mostly gives Lionpaw the cold shoulder and doesn't try to bond with his apprentice the way all the other mentors do. When Lionpaw demands more intense training, Ashfur takes this request very specifically...by unsheathing his claws and fighting Lionpaw as if it were a real battle. Ashfur is eager to finish Lionpaw's apprentice training quickly so that they won't have to see each other eye-to-eye anymore.

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* ''Literature/WarriorCats'': [[DoggedNiceGuy Ashfur]] was in love with Squirrelflight, who ended up dumping him in favor of Brambleclaw. [[VillainousBreakdown Ashfur had some problems accepting this.]] He even arranged to have Squirrelflight's father killed so she'd feel the same pain he did. The attempt failed though, and Ashfur was never suspected for the attempted murder for a while. He eventually received an apprentice, though, who managed to flare up his issues all over again by being [[spoiler:(supposedly)]] Squirrelflight and Brambleclaw's son, a living reminder of the mate he couldn't have and the future he was denied. They don't get along. While they are never outwardly rude to each other, Ashfur mostly gives Lionpaw the cold shoulder and doesn't try to bond with his apprentice the way all the other mentors do. When Lionpaw demands more intense training, Ashfur takes this request very specifically... by unsheathing his claws and fighting Lionpaw as if it were a real battle. Ashfur is eager to finish Lionpaw's apprentice training quickly so that they won't have to see each other eye-to-eye anymore.



* From ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': in the first book, preteen Sansa Stark meets Petyr Baelish, the UnluckyChildhoodFriend of Sansa's mother Catelyn...whom Sansa ''greatly'' resembles. He creeps her out in their initial meeting by pointing this out and touching her hair, and things only get squickier from there. The [[ReplacementGoldfish creepiness of the relationship]] isn't helped by the fact that she goes into hiding [[WifeHusbandry posing as his daughter and learning politics at his side.]]

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* From ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': in the first book, preteen Sansa Stark meets Petyr Baelish, the UnluckyChildhoodFriend of Sansa's mother Catelyn... whom Sansa ''greatly'' resembles. He creeps her out in their initial meeting by pointing this out and touching her hair, and things only get squickier from there. The [[ReplacementGoldfish creepiness of the relationship]] isn't helped by the fact that she goes into hiding [[WifeHusbandry posing as his daughter and learning politics at his side.]]



* Monica Furlong's ''Wise Child'' invokes and averts a rare gender-flipped example. The town witch Juniper takes a mysterious liking to and volunteers to take in the titular Wise Child after her grandmother dies and she's left with a literal case of ParentalAbandonment. Wise Child later discovers that Juniper and her father had been in love, but her VainSorceress mother "[[MoreThanMindControl persuaded]]" him that he loved her instead. Both mother and daughter think that Juniper took Wise Child in and works her to the bone due to this trope. Juniper later assures Wise Child that she bears her no ill-will (though she is understandably frosty about Maeve), that she loves her like a daughter and that she works her hard only because she believes MiseryBuildsCharacter.

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* Monica Furlong's ''Wise Child'' invokes and averts a rare gender-flipped example. The town witch Juniper takes a mysterious liking to and volunteers to take in the titular Wise Child after her grandmother dies and she's left with a literal case of ParentalAbandonment. Wise Child later discovers that Juniper and her father had been in love, but her VainSorceress mother "[[MoreThanMindControl persuaded]]" [[MoreThanMindControl "persuaded"]] him that he loved her instead. Both mother and daughter think that Juniper took Wise Child in and works her to the bone due to this trope. Juniper later assures Wise Child that she bears her no ill-will (though she is understandably frosty about Maeve), that she loves her like a daughter and that she works her hard only because she believes MiseryBuildsCharacter.






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* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''. The Pearl/Rose/Greg LoveTriangle in the backstory, with Pearl now raising Rose and Greg's child, would be a perfect setup for this, was it not for the fact that Pearl loves and is an excellent guardian to Steven. However, she still clearly has some unresolved issues about it - she [[WrongNameOutburst accidentally refers to Steven as Rose at one point]], and the episode [[Recap/StevenUniverseS1E45RosesScabbard "Rose's Scabbard"]] is in fact entirely devoted to exploring this trope. The show makes it clear that despite her love for Steven, Pearl is still grieving Rose, and it is [[spoiler:not until season 3 that she begins trying to make peace with Greg]].

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* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''. The Pearl/Rose/Greg LoveTriangle in the backstory, with Pearl now raising Rose and Greg's child, would be a perfect setup for this, was it not for the fact that Pearl loves and is an excellent guardian to Steven. However, she still clearly has some unresolved issues about it - she it--she [[WrongNameOutburst accidentally refers to Steven as Rose at one point]], and the episode [[Recap/StevenUniverseS1E45RosesScabbard "Rose's Scabbard"]] is in fact entirely devoted to exploring this trope. The show makes it clear that despite her love for Steven, Pearl is still grieving Rose, and it is [[spoiler:not until season 3 that she begins trying to make peace with Greg]].
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** ''Series/GeneralHospital'': Scott's wife Laura ditched him for Luke and they ran off together. Years later when the couple returned to town, Scott's first reaction upon seeing them, as well as their son Lucky, was to punch Luke out, clearly still angry despite all the time that had passed as well as several relationships and marriages for him. Nearly all of Scott's subsequent scenes with Luke and Laura's children have had an undercurrent of sadness and resentment that they aren't ''his'' children with her.
*** Carly, Courtney, and Sam are all jealous and resentful of the fact that Liz has Jason's baby, even though Sam herself did too, as the child is clearly a reminder that Jason loved Liz as much (or possible even more) as them.

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** ''Series/GeneralHospital'': Scott's wife Laura ditched him for Luke and they ran off together. Years later when the couple returned to town, Scott's first reaction upon seeing them, as well as their son Lucky, was to punch Luke out, clearly still angry despite all the time that had passed as well as several relationships and marriages for him. Nearly To this day, nearly all of Scott's subsequent scenes with Luke and Laura's children have had an undercurrent of sadness and resentment that they aren't ''his'' children with her.
*** Carly, Courtney, and Sam are all jealous and resentful of the fact that Liz has had Jason's baby, child, even though Sam herself did too, as the child is clearly a reminder that Jason loved Liz as much (or possible even more) as them.




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* In the miniseries ''Queen'' (the story of Alex Haley's paternal grandmother), the titular character is the result of her white father's (consensual) relationship with one of his female slaves. His wife resents the girl all of her life and when she finally leaves when freed after the Civil War, bitterly tells her husband, "I'm glad she's gone. Because everytime I looked at her, I had to remember that you loved another woman more than me."
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